5 Theories To Explain the Movie The Ritual
The movie the Ritual is a character study of a personal tragedy and one person's attempts at overcoming this terrible trauma. IMDB
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The movie, The Ritual, is basically the Blair Witch Project… but good. The ritual doesn’t subject us to any handheld craziness. And it doesn’t keep the story vague or completely unexplained like Blair Witch Project. So there’s that. But it is a rip roaring scare. And if you think horror movies, no matter how smart, or interesting, aren’t your think, then you probably just need to head over here instead. But trust me when I say, this is a fantastic mind job of a horror flick. It’s worth your time, and I had a ton of fun with it.

But heck, maybe you haven’t heard of it? Well, then, you are welcome. This thrilling horror movie is my gift to you. GO MOVIE, FLY TO THIS RANDOM WEB READER! The high level 411 of The Ritual is basically, that a group of guys planning on a hiking trip, have a tragic accident occur and one of their friends dies. Then jump to the trip, sans a member, in the woods of northern Sweden, and disaster strikes. Again. And again. And more and more horrifyingly again. Personally, I prefer my horror with a dose of ambiance, like The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. But do you want to know what The Ritual is MOST like in my mind? The Signal. Secret tip? The Signal was directed and written by David Bruckner… who, also directed the Ritual. So, if you got into The Signal, and the mindjobness there? Yeah, you’ll get into this too.

Alright, enough of that, queue the trailer:

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Detailed Walkthrough of The Ritual

Enter Luke (Rafe Spall, who did fantastic in The Big Short), Hutch (Robert James-Collier – who you know from Downton Abbey), Phil (Arsher Ali), Dom (Sam Troughton), and Robert (Paul Reid) – five buddies, that carry the weight and the easiness from a lifetime of friendship. The conversations and the inside jokes are all there. And the viewing audiences stands on the outside of this close knit group. Well, during an evening of planning for an apparently fairly regular guy’s time out, they decide (some more reluctantly than others) that they are going to hike the woods of Northern Sweden. Uh, Ok. Can’t knock that as a choice, being from Colorado myself.  But Northern Sweden? Don’t your spidey senses just go nuts? Nordic gods anyone? Loki? Gah.

But even before they get there, Luke and Robert, head into a liquor store together and a terribly tragedy occurs. The liquor store they chose was in the midst of a robbery, and Luke finds himself hiding behind an end-cap, and Robert? He finds himself dead. Unfortunately. But even worse? Luke is riddled with guilt, having done nothing to protect his friend. And if you were wondering what this movie REALLY is all about? It’s 100% about Luke’s demasculization, his complete yielding of his pride and his respect, both with his friends, but also with himself. But just wait, you’ll see, we’ll get to that in time.

Cut to – the woods, and the guys time out together. They didn’t cancel. In fact, they decided to make it into a memorial for their friend. To build up a shibboleth, a standing stone, whatever the heck you’d call it (this just in, CY my fantastic editor for the site, who is working her way through every single piece of movie content I have ever created, has just informed me that it’s a Cairn. Thanks all of you who haven’t lent a hand, like at all! hahaha.)… and drink to his memory. And as they head off further into the mountains someone declares, “These mountains were smashed out by Nordic gods with big bastard hammers.” Which, if that isn’t foreshadowing, I literally do not know what it is.

The Downward Spiral of The Ritual

Soon, Dom twists his ankle and suddenly the couple miles left in the days journey look like an eternity. So what do they do? They break rule number one of horror movies, they decide to take a short cut through the forest. Yes, you are correct. They basically all die as a result. And soon they begin realizing this is true too, because glyphs start appearing on trees as they go. And then they run across a gutted and splayed elk spread between two trees. Yeah… foreboding. But then the rain comes down torrentially and now they are in a real right mess. But, THANKFULLY, they spot a cabin and decide to take shelter there.

Now, I’ve got two different friends that get to this point and just pass on the rest of the movie. Yeah, that was a fun ride Taylor. Thanks for the recommendation. No, thanks. Hahaha. Which, I totally get. Fair enough. Because this is where the movie starts its serious downward spiral.

Inside, the guys find a totem without a head, and antlers for hands. Hrm. Ok. Weird cabin. And so they get some much needed sleep and that’s when serious crazy begins. Because Luke? He’s back in the liquor store and he’s reliving the murder of his friend Robert. Only to wake with five bloody wounds in his chest. Which, apparently is a really big deal we’ll talk about later. Better yet though, he finds Hutch has peed himself in his sleep. Dom won’t wake from his dream, and he keeps yelling Gayle over and over again. And Phil is upstairs, naked, genuflecting towards the totem creature. Whoa.

They cut and run as quickly as they can. But soon, Dom is bringing up the incident at the liquor store, calling Luke a coward. That he should have done something to save their friend… but he didn’t. Which, really is the thing this movie is all about. Just so we are 100% clear.

A few minutes later, the group begins to believe they are never getting out of this forest alive. And a little bit later, Hutch turns up gutted and splayed in the trees like the elk at the entrance to the forest. He’s dead, and now this craziness is starting to get very very real to them. And a few minutes after that, they find Phil in a tree as well. And holy cow in a rodeo this movie escalates really really quickly. And no, no, I am not afraid… or scared completely witless. I’m perfectly fine at this point.

Next thing we know, Luke and Dom have been attacked and awake enchained and locked up in a cabin. And, after a series of increasingly scary craziness, it becomes clear to Luke that Dom is about to get sacrificed to something. And although he tries his best to intervene on Dom’s behalf, including breaking his thumb to get free, no dice, Dom is gone. And moments later Dom sees Gayle walking out of the woods and then morphing back to the god. And moments later Dom finds himself dead, gutted, and hanging from a tree.

One of the gods minions comes back into Luke and let’s him know what is going on. Basically the god that he saw disembowel Dom is one of the jötunn, and a bastard offspring of Loki. And the people that live in this village are ancient, and are kept alive just to worship it. And not only that, but the god has chosen Luke to be a member of their worship team, and that he can either chose to worship this demigod, or he can chose to hang from the trees.

And this is key, when he asks, “Why me?” She responds with, “Your pain is great.” A few minutes later, Luke is left alone and he breaks free from the room and punches the head woman in the face, and goes upstairs. Finds a chapel, and another totem figure, with pews full of old remains of individuals worshipping. And Luke lights them all on fire.

A Detailed Walk Through of the Ending of the Ritual

Now, there is some confusion out there around what exactly happens at the ending of the Ritual. But don’t worry… I am here to help you out! After fleeing the burning house, the jötunn attacks Luke and they dance a bit. And there’s some weird pantomiming that occurs that makes the interactions between the two extraordinarily confusing. Well, the Loki offspring, when he pushes Luke to the ground, it is saying that Luke must worship or he’ll die. He does it twice. And both times Luke gets back up. The final time, Luke gets a hit to the Jöunn’s face that allows Luke a minute to run, where he happens to escape out of the woods. And this, apparently is a boundary through which the jötunn can’t move through. Luke screams. Jötunn screams. Luke screams. Roll credits.

So, what is going on here? Well, remember when I told you it was literally a conversation piece about lost masculinity and lost pride?  Well, yeah. That’s what this scene is all about. What makes it even worse, is that Luke was hand selected by the jötunn to save as a flaccid worshipper for all eternity. He was chosen not because his pain was great, but because he would subjugate himself, he would cow easily. This is the proverbial insult to injury, not only did he stand by while one of his best friends dies, he also gets called out for being a hoser by some evil god of the woods. Worst. Case. Scenario.

Possible Explanations for The Ritual

So let’s talk about the ending and this movie and what it really might mean. In setting up this conversation, I ran across a great quote from Buckner about his movie:

“Yeah, I mean, there’s kind of the literal nightmares in the movie, and I think it’s almost like, well if that’s on the table, if we brought that up, then we maybe can suggest that there are different reads on the movie as a whole. At the beginning of the movie it’s like, somebody’s either waking up from a remembered nightmare, or they’re waking up into the nightmare, the bad dream that you have the night you have after the night something traumatic has taken place. You know, I think both are fun reads on the movie to kind of think about.” 

So with these different possible vantage point views of how the movie might look as we spin this particular prism, why don’t we start this off:

#1 The Literal Nightmare Theory of The Ritual

So let’s just take Buckner at his word, and break those specific permutations of his movie down and see if we can create a coherent construct around each one. The first being the literal nightmare. Every movie interpretation has a literal reading of the movie… well, every movie other than Donnie Darko that is. hahaha.

But the way this theory would work itself out is that a bad thing happened to these guys and then they had the misfortune of picking a holiday in the Norwegian Wood (Yes, I know they aren’t in Norway, it was a reference to the Beatles song (and the PM Dawn remake, thank you very much.) take a deep breath.) and stumbled upon an evil god in the forest. Exeunt. It is what it is. There isn’t much to say here.

#2 The Remembered Nightmare Theory of The Ritual

The remembered nightmare is just a more complex way of saying, Luke is reliving the horror of the killing of his friend. It’s just a new manifestation of this same event playing out in front of his eyes again, in different and new ways. This is going to be the most obvious and easy to defend of the theories.

Is there a demigod intent on his destruction? No. Is there a village hell-bent on turning him into a minion, enslaved to worship the jötunn for all eternity? No. But this is a psychological battle in Luke’s mind being played out for his soul none the less. Assume he’s tripped out and in an insane asylum if you want. Assume he’s dreaming. It doesn’t matter. The bottom line to the Remembered Nightmare is that he’s reliving the events of the worst night of his life and everything that you are seeing is just a manifestation of that reality.

#3 The Waking Nightmare Theory of The Ritual

#3 and #2 are similar ideas in the same vein. Instead of a hallucinatory manifestation of the nightmare, he is having waking dreams, waking nightmares of the remembered events. So how this would play out is pretty specific, Robert is killed. Then they go hiking, and like a LSD trip come back to haunt him, it begins bubbling to the surface in waking memories of the events. So mid-hike, the liquor store literally permeates everything. Maybe no one dies. Maybe there is no village, maybe there is nothing that connotes the insanity we see on the screen. And post hike, I’m betting his friends find him and have him admitted. hahaha.

In defense of this theory I submit to you a later quote from Buckner during that interview that continues with: “the hope is that if the movie continues, that we obscure the lines between those things more and more and more until, what’s understood to be real and what’s understood to be surreal are sort of blended together; it’s never really clear.”

#4 The Mythic Vantage of The Ritual

Let’s right turn for a moment now. What if we aren’t just watching the literal movie play out, but let’s look at it from the other way round. What if demigods were real. Not the Marvel, DC versions of the gods… but the mythic versions that are thousands of years old and are told and retold via oral tradition in the firelight of the camp.

“Loki (Old Norse [ˈloki], Modern Icelandic [ˈlɔːkɪ], often Anglicized as /ˈlki/) is a god in Norse mythology. Loki is in some sources the son of Fárbauti and Laufey, and the brother of Helblindi and Býleistr. By the jötunn Angrboða, Loki is the father of Hel, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr. By his wife Sigyn, Loki is the father of Narfi and/or Nari. By the stallion Svaðilfari, Loki is the mother—giving birth in the form of a mare—to the eight-legged horse Sleipnir. In addition, Loki is referred to as the father of Váli in Prose Edda, though this source also refers to Odin as the father of Váli twice, and Váli is found mentioned as a Son of Loki only once.”

That quote is from Wikipedia discussing Loki and his offspring. What if these mythic gods were legitimate and real, and our poor Luke doesn’t step into a set of The Village, but a real life village where these gods are expected to be worshipped. And can I just say, while we are here, that this jötunn is completely out of control cool? Cause holy cow.

#5 The Masculinity Crisis Vantage of The Ritual 

Now, better than theory 1 through 4, is a discussion of this masculinity crisis we see playing out across these 100 minutes. Because, like I said before, no matter what theory you pick, this is what the movie is about. It could be a dream. It could be a waking nightmare. It could be “real”. Doesn’t matter, because at the end of the day it’s really all about Luke’s failure for his friend and what that means for him personally.

“We had to kind of literalize not just how it looks, but how it chooses to present. Because the idea of these kinds of shape-shifting Norse gods is that they can kind of choose how they want to look to you. So, what you’re seeing is how it desires to be interpreted, and it’s part of the way it intimidates and controls.”

So for Dom, this jötunn manifests as his wife Gayle before he’s killed. And for Luke? The jötunn chooses to manifest in its full glory. All 16 feet of its utter angriness. Why? Well, because it innately knew about Luke that he was cowardly, and easily cowed. And so it does just that.

But here’s a critical piece of this theory – jump back to the beginning of the film. These five guys are snipping at each other and bad mouthing each other as they have progressed, and their lives have taken strange turns. So we get this picture of these friends that were obviously inseparable. But then some have gotten married. Some have succeeded, while others have not. And they are just beginning to start heading down very different life paths. And for men this is extraordinarily significant. (I could write a doctoral dissertation on this topic I have so much first hand knowledge here.) And that plays a part in the progression and maturation of Luke towards the finish line of this movie.

This movie is innately about male loneliness… and about loss. All men lose friends at a pretty steady rate, and gaining new ones isn’t exactly the easiest thing (unless you have a cool movie discussion website and then you have ALL THE FRIENDS. hahah.) These guys are together, and yet they can’t relate to one another. Their roles, their positions, everything is changing. The group of friends, this shibboleth, was drifting. But at the end of the day, while this is fascinating backstory, it also talks about how we see this in juxtaposition to this honor among friends, and how we expect our friends to die for each other. To completely give everything to protect each other. And Luke did not do that.

But at the end of the day, Luke, though his friends were dead, and he was alone, still proved to both himself and to this demon, that he wasn’t going to bow. He was not going fail again.

Final Conclusions on The Ritual

I generally speaking, don’t totally dig horror movies. They generally aren’t my thing. But I really enjoyed this one because there was a lot more going on under the surface than your average Freddie Krueger film. The writing was phenomenal in that it captured the reality of life amongst a group of friends t-boned by loss. The action was intense. And it wasn’t a tease. Holy cow, is it rare that you get a movie where we see the monster and we aren’t completely and totally underwhelmed. But The Ritual pulled it off. I totally think the movie held together beginning to end.

I don’t know, what theory do you ascribe to? How do you think this thing went down?

Edited by, CY

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13 Responses

  1. Mjane

    If you have the strength/inclination, please explain the male loneliness. What I see about men, is that inside of their marriage they become quiet, small, they follow directions given by their wives. Are the two related? As in, does the loneleness bring sadness and introversion? I am a female, so I don’t know, and what happens to me is that I loose friends as years go by, and am left with a couple of very dear friends. But I knew this would happen, because it happens to everyone. I was told that the friends we make at school (up to university level) are the best ones, and we are lucky if we can make great friends later on, and that’s exactly what happened to me. I am unsure whether I feel lonely (friends-wise), but I am so grateful about the friends I do have, they are great people.

    • Taylor Holmes

      This is a hugely impactful question to me. This one question deserves 5k words of exposition – and unpacking just to get at the question, let alone to answer it.

      First, from the movie’s standpoint, these 5 guys and their friendship is the definition of the entropy, and downward spiral of life. Guys just tend to lose friends and also their ability to create new ones that aren’t merely functional (work related, or parents of your daughter’s dance class, or what have you.) So these guys are it, they are the last remnant of something greater that was there. You can see the hollowness of the echo here… knowing there was something greater here when they were younger.

      I think your question is more to do with middle age male loneliness than anything. And this question has so pestered me, I once thought about building a non-profit specifically to encourage the development of new friends and social fabric among like minded males based around stuff that I do with my own friends. (Movie nights, funny competitions, spiritual connectivity, toilet papering houses… you know, normal stuff) Because I see this as endemic to today – and this is a problem that plagues our culture. (At least here in America, I’m guessing from your email that you aren’t from America. But even in the country where I am guessing you are from this isn’t a non-issue there either.)

      Your point that you make about men and marriage… so so deep. Such sticky sticky situation for men. I hold the door for you Mjane, and I wonder if I might have just offended, because maybe you take a slight at the inference that you aren’t strong enough to hold your own door? And I am all for female empowerment. I am a Republican, that voted for Hillary. Just for context. It’s like the problem of solving racial segregation, but in your own house, daily. Male and Female inequalities, and the ideas of gender inequality is now getting played out across marriages. So do I take an old school approach and tell my wife to walk 2 feet behind me? Hand in hand? 2 feet ahead? It’s complicated.

      While I, specifically, may be a little larger than life (read annoyingly loud) at work and with my friends. But I will admit, at home, I down shift big time and allow my wife to lead in most situations. Regarding our children, our social life, most everything. Why? Dunno. I do care very much about our family and everything. I care about my children. I care about my social life. But really, maybe yielding that floor to her is a small price to pay for the crimes of gender inequality? Maybe? And yet, women want their husbands to be assertive and to lead, or engage anyway? Hahaha. It’s so complicated. Some would argue that that is just men passively disengaging on the home front which is just another passive way of being lazy. Maybe? I am too close to myself to even answer that question.

      Just searching for random statistics about men and loneliness I came across a number of sobering statistics. Like that men die from suicide at about three and a half times the rate of women. 70 percent of those suicides are white men. And one of the highest rates of suicide are men in their 50s. Marriage rates have declined. Divorce rates have increased. Which leads to social isolation. Disappointment and expectations could be a part of this trend.

      “Men grew up in an era that valued ‘masculinity and self-reliance’ – characteristics that could get in the way of asking for help.”

      (source: https://melmagazine.com/chris-cornell-was-exactly-the-age-for-highest-suicide-risk-in-men-c2a0e822a8e9)

      Even among friends I see that it is very difficult for guys to ask for help, or reach out. And I run in Christian circles where this is a virtue and highly encouraged. I can imagine it is even more rough elsewhere. Heck, I had a good friend of mine, a developer, worked with me at a non-profit, commit suicide, just a few years ago. (He was divorced, and had been recently rebuffed by his ex who he was trying to reconcile with.)

      Apparently you touched a nerve with me here. I personally can summon 10 friends to do something crazy on a moment’s notice, but I still spend so much time in my head, I find myself lonely regularly. And just typing that – out – isn’t easy… and I spew out here all the time. There is really a doctoral thesis worth of material here though. Heck, I should go research on some of the college papers sites for stuff in this space. Now I’m supremely curious.

      Thanks for the question MJane.

      • Mjane

        Wow, this is a big topic. I will think about it and hopefully come back. For reference, I live in a hot Mediterranean traditionalist country, where the social glue is strong, as in, extented families are strong and have each others backs, and never allow each other to mature and become adults and make their own decisions. As you can see, the positives go hand in hand with the negatives. The nytimes article is gut wrenching, to feel that something is odd but not have the language to describe it. We women may have it easier in the sense that we can look up to men and point to the things we would like to emulate, like assertiveness, pathos, boldness, self value etc, and the things we don’t want to emulate like stubborness, aggression etc. We have a role model, men, and we can pick and choose what characteristics we wish to have for ourselves, and through trial and error hopefully we will mature into new women through the passage of time. Remember, we used to be discouraged from thinking for ourselves and making decisions for ourselves, so its a good time to be alive! You are giving us space to figure it out and to redefine ourselves, and we thank you. And we will make mistakes, please be patient (like you said, figuring out what we want in men, in us, in society, is unfinished and takes years). I hope that men also have someone they can look up to, and can pick and choose their good characteristics to adopt for themselves, like a father figure, or women themselves (a few that spring to mind are empathy versus power, connection versus aggression, we have a few good characteristics if I may say so myself)

  2. Ned

    The above comments far exceed the movie’s depth by a light year’s expanse. The movie was “meh”— simply okay—and I’d not recommend wasting time to watch it but feel that’s a harsh statement regarding the skilled people who accepted the job in making this film…but figuring it was an accepted job knowing full well not all films one chooses or is chosen to act in are big box office hits.

    I gotta say, what Mjane and Taylor contributed is sort of sacred and respected and way outside what the movie evoked for this viewer.

    Thank you for emoting Mjane and Taylor…you’re both cool people and worthy of a sincere hug.

  3. Elena Winter

    I think the movie is sort of a combination of your theories. Luke’s guilt, his loss of masculinity and the alienation of former best friends are definitely the backstory of The Ritual. My thoughts about why Luke was chosen were exactly the same – because he was the one who was most likely to obey and to fail in protecting his friends. In the end, he couldn’t save his friends, maybe because they were too far gone and their friendship couldn’t be saved anymore. But Luke still found a way to battle his fear and allow himself to be angry at both the evil in the world and himself.

    But what actually happened in the movie? I am supporting the dream theory and I think the point where the dream begins is when they are sleeping in the hut and the lightning just stops in a flash that doesn’t go away anymore. That’s where reality and dream seem to shift for me. I think the way his friends dies are inspired by the dead elk they found. The cult comes from the creepy altar and the straw figure. I guess the story about him bearing a mark of shame and being chosen as a coward responsible for his friends’ killing is just a manifestation of his guilt and helplessness. Now the monster is a shapeshifter, offspring of Loki, who also appears in both male and female forms, probably a hint to Luke’s feeling of demasculization. A part of him has never left this liqueur store so it’s haunting him even in the forests. Like him, the cult is trapped in the forest and survive by sacrificing others, just like Luke feels he has sacrificed his friend to survive. Throughout the movie, Luke seems to be in a state of shock. He has to face his demon and his own fear to come to life again.

    So I think that in reality, they’re either still sleeping in the hut or Luke is actually running through the forest. Both theories make sense to me.

  4. Liz

    (Firstly, thank you for this discussion! All I could find were reviews of a straight up horror movie and nothing about the meanings behind it, about which I felt strongly enough to search the internet for in the first place.)

    Not looking too much into it, I felt like it was about the survivor’s guilt Luke was feeling and his overcoming that. He keeps climbing and climbing what seems to be an insurmountable hill and at the end he literally sees the light. His triumphant scream at his demon starts his turning point and he keeps going, even if the road still seems so far. I actually shed a tear at the end, with this narrative in mind, at the utter resoluteness in human spirit. Everyone has their own struggles and people would do better to remember this. This movie hit me where a horror movie normally doesn’t, for sure.

    (Also, it really isn’t just men who have trouble making friends as adults. But the typical societal idea that they are supposed to be firm and unemotional is just garbage, and maybe that’s why they become silent.)

  5. Paul

    Hi! First of all, excuse me for the bad expression you might be about to read, as I’m a
    French guy trying to explain some kind of psychological struggle. Wich is already a struggle I guess.
    Anyway, Ned (comment above), I think it’s kind of sad not to dig a little more into the story. Obviously it’s not only the 10 000th horror movie we can see and say again « meh. Not that bad after all. ». There is definitely more in it.

    And to dive maybe a little bit deeper, (sorry if it’s already been proposed before and I missed it but) I agree with the idea that it’s all those theories combined. At least it is about honour, confidence and self-respect. Following the path of Luke’s tourmented mind, another element seems to occur. What I’ve been thinking is that each of the 3 friends Luke is trailing with is an instance of his personality. Like the voices in your head when you’re fighting with your inner demons. Let’s see how it reveales to us through the story:

    First, Hutch represents his strongest side, the voice that juts goes trough action, pragmatical, that keep going on. He makes the decisions, and solves every problem logically.
    Hutch dies the first, and here we discover the awfulness of letting a friend die without help. It’s beyond what they can do, too much for the 3 others (maybe just like Luke in the shop thinking about his life).
    So, obviously his fighting side has gone first, he is desoriented.

    Then, Phil. The one guy that found himself waking up while kneeling in front of the totem/the monster’s représentation. The « weakest » part of him. As Phil said, « it’s in [his] head, [he can’t escape from it/run away ». It’s a moment the 3 remaining guys are beginning to face the horror they live accepting what’s after them (exept Dom). So, at this time no practical solution really exist, and after missing their friend, the weak part Luke has gone too, he has to find a way. At this time, we might understand (reading it twice) that this part of him can’t be in the game anymore,

    Here we are, the last one: Dom. The one he really got a problem with. The one that is some kind of exaggerating little girl, always complaining about the pain, and also facing him by telling what he thinks: Their friend died in the store because of Luke. He says something like « we are here because of YOU! » wich means in Sweden, right, but also in the nightmare.
    Dom is truly the part he’s got to struggle with, the more complex. Both strong and weak, capable of being naive and also clairvoyant. He is the last of his friends to see the monster and accept its existence — the beggining of the mental cure/healing?
    This Character is all about Denial and guiltiness. That’s what is depicted at the time of his death: he sees his wife first, a figure of love, then the monster as he « really » is. Acceptance is finally there, as Luke has to accept that he won’t save Dom in the same time.

    After Luke is no more in trouble with Dom, (both weak and strong part are gone), and promise him never to leave him behind, he has to leave all the hatred and shame for himself to reach the light.

    Plus, if we consider the dreams, Hutch A.k.a Fighter Luke just never want to talk about the dream he had in the wooden house, nonesens and useless. Phil (running Luke) just says he has seen the monster and that it’s already taken him. And Dom, tells his dream at the end like it is necessarily about to come. Somehow, Luke finally understands he will have to fight the awful truth, wich he does in the end.

    In the end, Luke understands he has to face the ugly monster in front of him, never kneeling before his fears again, cause that’s only when every part of his sadness is detroyed that he can clearly see it and fight it.

    So maye this is a way we can see his trip as a purification represented by his demons and friends at the same time?

    Does it seem logical to you or am I just having fun alone in my bed, building shitty theories no one fucking cares about? ^^

  6. Pamela Williams

    I like the movie, I like theory number 4 and number 5. Far as friends my best friend is my sister. I didn’t make that many friends in elementary school, or in middle school or up to high school. I didn’t go to collage, made some friends through my sister, her best friend she had since elementary school. She made friends when she went to collage her collage roommates, they still spend together when they have the time.
    Since everyone works, now she her other two friends are married have children. Some people are able to make friends easy, while other people have a hard time making friends like me. I wouldn’t say I’m lonely because I have a very good, relationship with my sister and friends made through her.

  7. Meatman

    Would have preferred that it ended with Luke in the liquor store stopping the attack, with us not knowing which aspect was a memory/hallucination and which wasn’t.

  8. Jon

    What a load of shit. We do what our wives say because we don’t wanna hear them bitching all friggin day. Women want to be on top, then the bottom, hold the door, now empower me, look at how sexy I am, oh what a creep don’t look at me. Women are wussy’s


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